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Monday, 9 November 2015

As predicted, the weather was fine.  Our first work stop was the Planter Box for potting soil and some more bulbs; I had run short of narcissi for the boatyard garden.

a good selection of bulbs at The Planter Box

a good selection of bulbs at The Planter Box

I got myself some paperwhites.

I got myself some paperwhites.

Teresa at the Planter Box (Allan's photo)

Teresa at the Planter Box (Allan’s photo)

We are going to try out one of these solar jars.

We are going to try out one of these solar jars.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

"Plant 'em all through there" (Allan's photo, obviously)

The A Frame garden:  “Plant ’em all through there” (Allan’s photo, obviously)

This time, I just piled all the tall narcissi and let Allan arrange them.

This time, I just piled all the tall narcissi and let Allan arrange them.

Meanwhile, I planted bulbs in Mary and Denny’s garden.

Bella

Bella

Bella basking in attention

Bella basking in attention

after planting many the bulb

after planting many the bulb

blueberry foliage and agapanthus seedheads

blueberry foliage and agapanthus seedheads

hardy fuchsias

hardy fuchsias

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

blueberries, agapanthus, Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

blueberries, agapanthus, Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Iris foetidissima

Iris foetidissima

big cosmos flopped over and blooming sideways

big cosmos flopped over and blooming sideways

I pulled it because frost will perhaps soon take it down.

I pulled it because frost will perhaps soon take it down.

(That big grass needs to be moved… but where?)

I was pleased at how fast we got done (two hours!) and that we had time to plant the bulbs at our furthest north job.  On the way, I photographed this newly painted house which I simply love.

darling house in Ocean Park

darling house in Ocean Park

I think a soulmate must live here.

I think a soulmate must live here.

Marilyn’s garden

had insomnia...needed wake up beans.

had insomnia…too many bulb thoughts…needed wake up beans. (dark chocolate covered coffee beans, from the Cash and Carry in Warrenton, Oregon)

view northwest from the back porch steps

view northwest from the back porch steps

planted lots of bulbs in the newly cleared former montbretia area, left, will give good view from kitchen table window

planted lots of bulbs in the newly cleared former montbretia area, left, will give good view from kitchen table window

I concentrate the bulbs here where they can easily be seen from the windows or when getting out of a car in the driveway.

We even had time for some fall clean up.  While we leave this garden pretty wild for the pleasure of birds and critters, trimming some plants lets light in to the bulbs lurking underground from previous plantings.

Allan cut down a big Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', revealing the fall foliage of a virburnum.

Allan cut down a big Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, revealing the fall foliage of a virburnum.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photo: before cutting another blackened Helianthus.

I don’t remember ever noticing a Zebra Grass putting up a big clump of new growth in the center of flopped open stems.

Miscanthus 'Zebrinus'

Miscanthus ‘Zebrinus’ and Miscanthus variegatus.

I decided to trim them to the new fresh center growth.

before

before

after (sort of)

during (Allan’s photo)

during (Allan's photo)

during (Allan’s photo)

after: fabulous!

after: fabulous!

although now we have a trailerload of debris to deal with...

although now we have a trailerload of debris to deal with…

Marilyn's from the road, after sunset

Marilyn’s from the road, after sunset

It was glorious to get so much done and I was well chuffed with our bulb planting accomplishment.  All the batches of bulbs we put in today were big ones, making a big dent in Bulb Time.

We drove south down Sandridge Road past the beautiful sight, in the dusk, of banks of fog floating over pastures.

taken from moving van...just so I remember...lovely low white banks of fog over grassy field

taken from moving van…just so I remember…lovely low white banks of fog over grassy fields

at home

Mary and Smokey were too comfy to wake up to greet me.

Mary and Smokey were too comfy to wake up to greet me.

cute from every angle:

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Smokey in his BirdsBeSafe collar; Mary is not a bird chaser.

Smokey in his BirdsBeSafe collar; Mary is not a bird chaser.

son and mother

son and mother

I micro-sorted the bulbs for the Long Beach planters to make it easier on planting day (which might be tomorrow) and a good thing, too, as I had already sort of forgotten my plan and was able to refine it.  Allan provided snacks:

from the Ilwaco Saturday Market and good with cheese and crackers (Allan's photo)

from the Ilwaco Saturday Market and good with cheese and crackers (Allan’s photo)

The bulb planting list (left) is getting shorter, while the fall clean up list (right) remains the same....

The bulb planting list (left) is getting shorter, while the fall clean up list (right) remains the same….

A storm is due on Wednesday.  We hope to have Tuesday to bulb, with the goal of completing Ilwaco (the rest of the port, Mayor Mike’s garden, the Anchorage and perhaps some Long Beach planters).

at 1 AM

at 1 AM

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Wednesday, 30 October, 2013

We needed to hit a lot of jobs today in order to clear the deck for Halloween Thursday (partly for the pagan rites of Ilwaco, and partly because a rainy Thursday had been predicted).  But first, a pleasant errand:  delivering some extra tubers of Darmera peltata to Windy Meadows Pottery in Surfside.  The Darmera had come from the edge of the pond in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park where it always outgrows its space. In the fall, we peel the tubers off the pond’s edge so the crew can clean it.

Windy Meadows Pottery

Windy Meadows Pottery

Although we were sorry that potter Jan Richardson was gone for the day, we could see that she was using the newspaper (in this case, magazine) method of building a new garden area.

 a new area

a new area

As always, we admired the most beautiful raised septic….thingie…on the entire Long Beach Peninsula.

a beautiful solution

a beautiful solution

Nowadays newer septic fields have to have a long rectangular mound; this is the best solution I have seen to landscaping one.

tile

The Darmera is a large leaved northwest native that will enjoy the boggy area, as does the Gunnera whose leaves are much much larger than the Darmera’s!

Jan's Gunnera

Jan’s Gunnera

I believe that Jan created this boggy area with a plastic underlayment.

After our self guided garden tour, we checked on Marilyn’s garden, not far away from Jan’s.

tall Miscanthus at Marilyn's

tall Miscanthus Zebrinus (Zebra Grass) at Marilyn’s

midlevel ornamental seed heads

midlevel ornamental seed heads

low growing Bunny Tail grass

low growing Bunny Tail grass

the jungle effect

the jungle effect

the view of neighbour's garage completely hidden...for now

the view of neighbour’s garage completely hidden…for now

After Marilyn’s we did some more autumn thinning of the garden at the Wiegardt Gallery.  Out with more bad asters!

Cosmos still looking fine on the west side of Wiegardt Gallery

Cosmos still looking fine on the west side of Wiegardt Gallery

Next, Klipsan Beach Cottages garden:

KBC fenced garden

KBC fenced garden

Garden shapes become more clear by the week.

Garden shapes become more clear by the week.

the good lavender aster that keeps on going...

the good lavender aster that keeps on going…

Agapanthus seedheads

Agapanthus seedheads

Verbascum 'Southern Charm'

Verbascum ‘Southern Charm’

golden yew...the woods...the cottages

one of quite a few hydrangeas

one of quite a few hydrangeas

Fuchsia magellanica 'Versicolor' in the dog memorial garden

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Versicolor’ looking ethereal in the dog memorial garden

Misty, Debbie, and Raven (two Great Pyrenees and a black Labrador), all of whom I loved very much,  are buried there.

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

looking in through the deer fence with Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

looking in through the deer fence with Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

I forgot that I had meant to work on the rampant rambling rose….

too much of a good thing

too much of a good thing

so instead we tackled the three maddening ground covers in the lawn border…none of which I planted.  Wild volets, mint, and creeping Jenny.  We did not have time to get it done but it looks much better….

about halfway done

about halfway done

We pulled some shabby lavenders.  They were the wrong plant for here.  Mary agrees that hellebores and heucheras would be a better idea as the bed is shadier than we though it would be.

Sarah kept us entertained throughout the time we worked at KBC….

outside the deer fence

outside the deer fence

and on the driveway

and on the driveway

two

three

Next, we spent a couple of hours at Andersen’s RV Park.

a bright Euonymous elata

a bright Euonymous elata in the west garden

Allan weeded near the restrooms while I did some cutting back down by the garden shed at the east end of the park.

before and after

before and after

I feel inspired to tackle this area extensively next week and hope to remove all of the lady’s mantle and three tired old Stella D’Oro daylilies.

out they must go!

out they must go!

After dumping this week’s wheelbarrow full of debris in the woods, I dug into the new pile of “cow fiber” for the first time so as not to run an empty wheelbarrow back to the shed.

dairy manure...a great mulch

a dent in the pile of dairy manure…a great mulch

Then, at the Anchorage Cottages, we pulled some annuals because I am sick of looking at them even if they have a few nice flowers left.

stemmy and leggy Petunia 'Picotee'...pulled

stemmy and leggy Petunia ‘Picotee’…pulled

Anchorage:  Fuchsia 'Hawkshead' flowering on

Anchorage: Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ flowering on

The sky darkened too early for dusk and we were so, so tired.  As we departed, a welcome rain came….meaning we did not have to find another hour of work to do.

blissful rain

blissful rain

We hoped the rain would come and go before Halloween evening as we were ALMOST ready for the Ilwaco extravaganza.  A moderate wind had been predicted, so I would wait till the last couple of hours before trick or treat time to finish the potentially topheavy Corridor of Spooky Plants.

Having been inspired by the tall and spooky creature in a front yard over on Spruce Street, I  had asked Allan to get a sheet up and over the garden tuteur.  Even though it had yellow rose flowers all over it, it looked satisfyingly ghostlike in the dusk.

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